Frisco Zoning Commission Denies Exide Request

FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – The fight between a Frisco company and the city has come down to health, the environment and jobs.

On Tuesday night Frisco leaders debated whether Exide Technology can go ahead with a $20 Million plan to reduce lead emissions at its battery recycling plant.

The company wanted to turn the clock back nearly 50 years and operate under old zoning laws, but ultimately the city said no.

For the first time, numerous employees at Exide Technologies Frisco battery recycling plant came to city hall in an intensifying legal battle with the city.

Employees like Rick Connor, who has worked at the plant for 13 years.  “We’re fighting for our jobs.”

He and 60 others, about half the employees at the plant, are worried about their jobs because the city is delaying permits the company needs to come into compliance with federal air quality standards for lead.

Exide wants the city to allow it to operate under the same zoning laws from back in 1964 when the plant opened.

Many Frisco residents, including Eileen Canavan say it’s time for the city to shut down the plant.  “In 1964, Frisco was a desolate, very low population city, we’re not that anymore.”

The city planning and zoning commission denied Exide’s request, forcing them to operate under current zoning laws.

The company vows it will appeal, and may sue the city.

Employee Melvin Bruce doesn’t understand why there’s conflict.  “We all need our jobs, and I wish they would understand that.”

Frisco resident and father of two Matt Vonderahe sees it differently. “My heart goes out to anybody who’s job may be impacted by this but this is bigger than anyone person’s job. This is a public health issue.”

Frisco mayor Maher Maso says public health and safety will always be the city’s top priority.

Exide has 14 days to appeal to the city council.  Many expect the company will eventually take the city to court.

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  • Hootex

    Isn’t it interesting that the battery plant went about it’s business for years. No problems. Then people build and buy homes too close to the plant and then start wanting the rules changed If you build a home near a railroad, expect a train. If you build or buy a home near an industrial complex, expect it to be life near an industrial complex. Leave the battery plant alone. Protestors: Move if you don’t like where you are living.move. The environmental madness this nation is on is helping destroy all that we have.

    • Jack

      Couldn’t of said it better myself. Don’t like it, then you shouldn’t of moved there in the first place.

    • Melvin

      I totally agree. Its also like the people who move close to airports and then complain about the airplane noise. Also, its like the homeowners who are complaining about the new retail development in Lucas. Heads-up – if you move close to vacant property, be prepared for it to be developed, And, don’t forget, the zoning can change. Just because it is zoned “residential” today, doesn’t mean it won’t be changed to “business” later.

  • boo boo the fool

    the cirty should have never approved for homesto be built near such a factory


    Frisco is a pretentious city that has grown too big for it’s britches. The company is offering to spend millions of dollars to make improvements and the city wont approve the permits simply because they “don’t wanna”. Well I’m sorry… I need a better reason than that to see over 130 jobs lost.

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